Win Butler wins the battle to set up foyer singalong in London
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler grappled with a security guard as he attempted to set up an impromptu sing-a-long in the foyer after the band’s fourth London show of the week last night (February 1).
The singer got into a bit of trouble with venue staff at Porchester Hall as he attempted to set up after the band had finished their main set, although his perseverance eventually paid off.
An NME journalist who witnessed the incident said: “Win appeared first in the foyer attempting to set up his megaphone mic stand next to the merchandise stall. However, three venue security guards tried to dissuade the band from starting up.
“One of guards was literally manhandling Win, who was pretty pissed off and shouted ‘Don’t fucking touch me’ before shrugging off the attention and defiantly placing his mic stand at the bottom of the foyer stairs.
“The rest of the band – French horns, double bass and all – then emerged from the startled crowd, most of whom hadn’t realised exactly what was going on, to play a spine-tingling extended acoustic version of ‘Wake Up’. After about a minute, Win disappeared to the back of the throng, leaving the lead vocals to be sung en masse by the audience!”
Butler then led the band back into the hall to play a brief rendition of The Clash song ‘The Guns Of Brixton’.
To see footage of the scuffle and foyer performance, see below.
Arcade Fire were watched by Coldplay’s Chris Martin for the second time this week – other notable attendees included The Rakes‘ frontman Alan Donohoe, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis and TV presenter Lauren Laverne.
The full set was:
‘Keep The Car Running’
‘No Cars Go’
‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’
‘My Body Is A Cage’
‘The Well And The Lighthouse’
‘Neighborhood # 3 (Power Out)’
‘(Antichrist Television Blues)’
‘The Guns Of Brixton’
The band play the final night of their London stint at Porchester Hall tonight (February 2).
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